Jackson County’s commitment to the Special Olympics dates back decades. The county’s Parks + Rec Department hosts the annual Polar Plunge Special Olympics fundraiser at Longview Lake each winter, and its recreational therapists have coached hundreds, if not thousands of area Special Olympians over the years.
Special Olympics Missouri-KC Metro (SOMO) expressed its gratitude to Jackson County by recognizing Parks + Rec as its “2015 Outstanding Business of the Year” during Saturday’s opening ceremonies of the KC Metro Spring Games at Lee’s Summit North High School.
“We are so proud of our association with the Special Olympics and honored to be given this recognition,” Jackson County Parks + Rec Superintendent of Recreation Tina Spallo said after accepting the award. “We look forward to playing a role in the lives of our area’s Special Olympians for many more years to come.”